Tony Cairoli & the 2009 Czech Grand Prix of Motocross
In this episode, Tony talks about his race at the Czech Grand Prix of Motocross this past weekend!
Italian Tony Cairoli is only two GP races (The Netherlands & Brazil) away from winning the 2009 MX1 World Motocross Championship! Tony Cairoli is a former MX2 World Motocross Champion, and leads the 2009 MX1 World Motocross Series. Below are Tony’s own words after the Czech MXGP!
“2009 Motocross Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Loket
We just arrived home in Belgium, from Loket, Czech Republic.
We originally left our house, with our camper, in Belgium around 5pm on Thursday to drive to Loket. On Friday we arrived at the track around 12. It was beautiful weather, and after a while we took the scooter for a bit of sightseeing in town of Loket. After we arrived back from our sightseeing trip, we went to Max’s (Nagl) Birthday Party. It was his birthday, so I bought him a birthday cake with a big number ‘5’ on it! : )
After dinner on Friday night, we went to a Red Bull event at a Discotek in a town near Loket called Karlovy Vary. They arranged a party and all the Red Bull athletes were there to have some time & drinks together. It was nice, but before the ‘real’ party started, as a professional athlete should, we did go back to the track and our camper and got our night’s rest.
On Saturday I made the ninth best time in the timed practice, … but I chose to start from outside of the middle on the gate. I made a good start, but then I made a mistake in the first corner. I did go too fast and went over the wall, so I started in my Qualification heat in the back of the group. I was getting more and more confidence with the track, and I could arrive at the checker flag at the end of the Qualification heat on Saturday in ninth position.
On Sunday I tried to focus on my starts, and I was able to have two good starts today! The first heat I had a good start, but there was a lot of fighting in the first corner, and I got pushed out of the track. I fought back hard, up to 12th place, but then I lost a bit of time with trying to pass, but in the end I could finish in ninth position. I was not really happy with that, but I did the best I could. I was taking many risks with passing riders, and then I think it was better to be more careful and choose safety for my championship. So, I tried to stay on the bike and take as many points as possible.
In the second heat I started better, and when we all come by the pit lane I could see I was in third position. I fought the whole heat with David (Philippaerts) for second place, and a few laps before the end I passed him. (Clement) Desalle already had a gap of more than 10 seconds on me, so I had to be happy with my second position, and fourth overall for the day.
This weekend I didn’t feel 100% physically. I had a high fever the whole weekend. I will visit the doctor, and I’m sure I’ll feel better really soon. I’m already happy because my father feels a bit better today – he was really sick whole weekend. My father and mother traveled with us to the GP, but my father felt so sick that he didn’t come out of the camper the entire weekend.
Overall, I’m happy about my fourth place in this GP. It was a shame that it was so hard to pass, ’cause it seem I always need to take risks because of my bad starts! But I will keep working on my starts! : )
Now we have two weekends with no GP, so I’ll see you all back in Holland for the GP in Lierop. Just two GP’s left before the end of our season, … and then the big spectacle Motocross of Nations in Italy is waiting for us! : )
Thanks to all my fans! Ciao Italia!”
Believe it or not, Tony started making notes on his blog a few hours after the race was over in the Media Center Press room